8 out of 10 cats: Ofsted surveys school leaders’ views on the impact of inspections

As schools break up for Easter, Ofsted offer this present. Taken from the evaluation surveys they conduct after each Section 5 inspection, they have concluded overwhelmingly that school leaders found the process useful.

  • Nearly all leaders would take the inspection recommendations to improve their schools.
  • 92% found the process fair and accurate, and  that the demands of inspection were reasonable.
  • Whatever the costs, 82% found the benefits outweighed them.
  • Nearly 4/5 said that their inspection confirmed the actions they were already taking to improve their schools.

Ofsted does not collect similar responses from school teachers, who might be expected to take a less positive view of the process.

The full report is here


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